The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu has explained the reason behind the hiring of 12 external professors to undertake a mock accreditation on the university’s academic programmes ahead of the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) proper accreditation in November.
He said while receiving various reports of the mock accreditation from the examiners that the reason was to carry out a “forensic investigation” concerning the academic programmes and know where problems and deficiencies exist.
The professors have examined 12 academic programmes in five faculties and have toured five selected Study Centres in the country before retiring to the headquarters to submit their reports afterwards.
They examined the philosophy of each programme, objectives, academic and non-academic staff, physical environment and other parametres routinely check by NUC during its exercise.
Prof Adamu did not mince words to tell each batch of the examiners that this was the first time the university undertook this exercise in an effort to reposition the programmes as well as synchronize them with the NUC.
“When the idea of mock accreditation was mooted, the response was overwhelming. I am happy that you have told us the truth and we have accepted it. This is the first time where truth is sweet. The whole idea is to know where we go wrong,” he said.
He said “we don’t want a white-wash. We want you to tell us the truth. If it is deny just say it. We have shut down 49 programmes. I will rather have few strong and viable programmes than a number of them without substance. I am not after the money they will bring; I am after the scholarship, because that is what I have been known with. Therefore, we have to change business as usual to business unusual.”
He then assured the examiners that their observations and recommendations would be used by the university, saying that before the November arrival of NUC, a holistic reorganisation would be carried out based on what their investigation unearthed.
The reports had came in batches based on each faculty, with the trio of Professors who examined the Social Science faculty arriving first, followed by agriculture, health sciences and management sciences.